I love and use the software from Topaz Labs and if you haven’t tried the new image editor, Topaz Studio, you really should visit their website and download the free trial version. Topaz Studio incorporates their earlier stand-alone plug-ins, such as Topaz Impression, Texture Effects, Clarity, etc so that if you have already purchased these, there is no need to purchase them again.  Eventually all of the Topaz plug-ins will reside in Topaz Studio. While many adjustments and presets within Topaz Studio are included, you have even more editing options and control by using the new PRO ADJUSTMENTS by clicking on SHOP PRO ADJUSTMENTS at the bottom of the Adjustments Panel.  My “GO TO” pro adjustment for nearly all, if not all, of my images is AI Clear…it does the best job of removing noise while reserving detail than anything else I have used in the past.  Further, the masking capabilities within Topaz Studio are really great. I truly love the software and high recommend that you give it a try.  Use the code “Wiley15” for a 15% discount and click on the link below

image edited in Topaz Studio using various adjustments and the terrific pro adjustment, AI clear





DISCOUNT CODE for $10 off Luminar and Aurora HDR and 10% off Creative Kit and Creative Kit individual apps: bettywiley

I’m a big fan of Skylum software and I am really excited to offer discounts on Luminar, Aurora HDR, the Creative Kit and individual Creative Kit apps.  Skylum Software is now available for both Mac and PC users.

I’ve been using Skylum software for a number of years now and it’s really terrific.  I love the creative effects you can achieve and being able to achieve looks that used to take a lot of time and effort in Photoshop with just a few clicks. I particularly love the fact that Luminar and Aurora HDR both come with a number of presets and you can also download many additional presets as well. I also love the ability to work with “layers” so that you can apply textures, add sky overlays and much, much more.  The new AI sky enhancement filter in Luminar is a particular favorite of mine.

Aurora HDR 2019:

Aurora makes your HDR processing so easy and it is available as a plug-in for both Lightroom and Photoshop and you can also use it as a stand-alone image editor.

Epic sunset at Anniquam Lighthouse processed using Aurora HDR

The image on the left was taken at beautiful Annisquam Lighthouse on the north shore of Massachusetts.  It was one of the most spectacular sunsets I have ever seen. Three bracketed shots were taken at -3 EV, 0 and +3 EV and then processed using Aurora HDR Pro 2019.  I generally prefer a realistic look for my landscape images so I selected a preset that gave me the effect I was looking for although I did make some minor adjustments with the sliders to “fine tune” things a bit.  If you are wanting a more “HDR look” to your images or if you want to achieve a grunge effect, you can easily select a preset for these looks as well. It’s so easy and again, you can fine tune the look by moving the sliders.  Use the code “bettywiley” for a $10.00 discount on Aurora HDR software or click on this link:

You can also download a fully functional TRIAL version of the Aurora HDR software here:

Luminar 2018:

Abandoned car in the Palouse processed using Luminar

This abandoned car was taken in the Palouse region of Washington State. I used Luminar to achieve the look I wanted by first starting with the basic editing preset. I darkened the sky, increased the detail in the grasses in the foreground using the “details enhancer filter”, added warmth using the “golden hour” filter and finished up by adding a slight touch of an Orton effect using the “Orton Effect” filter in Luminar. I also love the fact that you can mask areas where you don’t want to apply the effect.  Hats off to the folks at MacPhun for all the great filters and effects that are available in Luminar. You can create so many different looks with this software with ease. You can even add fog and different color effects.  There are a number of different categories for presets, including basic, outdoor, travel, street, and dramatic and additional presets are available for download.

MacMillan Wharf in Provincetown processed with Luminar with texture added

This image was taken on MacMillan Wharf in Provincetown. I used Luminar to bring out the color and contrast and then I added a texture, again using Luminar, to achieve a more artistic look. I love the fact that you can so easily add a texture to an image right from within Luminar without having to use layers in Photoshop. You can use Luminar textures or even add your own.

Use the code “bettywiley” for a $10.00 discount on Luminar software or click on this link: Luminar Trial Page:

You can download a fully function trial version of Luminar here:

Creative Kit and Creative Kit Apps:

MacPhun has a number of great apps which are available individually or you can purchase all of them at once as part of the Creative Kit.  These filters include Intensify, Tonality, Noiseless, Snapheal, FX Photostudio and filters for photos. I have the Creative Kit and find that it is a perfect complement to Luminar and Aurora HDR.

For 10% off Creative Kit and single Creative Kit apps like Noiseless and Intensify use the code: bettywiley or click on the link below